CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A recent study says West Virginia is one of two states that has seen its population decline over the past decade.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Sunday that the Pew Charitable Trusts study released last month says West Virginia is losing people faster than any other state in the nation. West Virginia has lost around 18,000 residents since 2007. Michigan is the only other state in the country to report a population loss over that same time frame, losing about 39,000 residents. The study says West Virginia's shrinking populations may affect the state's finances. For example, West Virginia American Water recently cited population loss as its reason for proposed rate hikes. The study says the rest of the states saw slow growth from 2007 to 2017.